Visit Panama City Beach is pleased to announce its annual Real. Fun. Fourth. celebration, featuring four nights of spectacular firework displays, will take place Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6. As the largest Fourth of July fireworks show on the Gulf Coast, this event invites visitors of all ages to enjoy the destination’s 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise waters for an unforgettable Independence Day celebration. 

“We’re excited to once again bring residents and visitors together in Panama City Beach for an exciting Real. Fun. Fourth. celebration,” says Visit Panama City Beach President and CEO Dan Rowe. “Held in partnership with the City of Panama City Beach, Pier Park, and Bay County, this vibrant event promises a memorable Independence Day weekend filled with dazzling firework displays along our stunning beaches.”

To experience a live choreographed music simulcast during the Freedom Rocks! and Star Spangled Spectacular firework shows, viewers can tune into Island 106 FM and Wild Willie 100.1 FM.

Please see below for details regarding Panama City Beach’s Real. Fun. Fourth. Celebrations including “Freedom Rocks,” “Star Spangled Spectacular,” “Light Up the Gulf,” and “Light Up the Bay:”


Freedom Rocks! - July 3 @ 9:00 p.m.

Make sure to stop by early and dine at one of the waterfront restaurants participating in Freedom Rocks. Take in the breathtaking sunset views overlooking the Grand Lagoon Bridge before the fireworks illuminate the sky. You can also bring along a chair or blanket and relax on the lawn at Treasure Island Marina. 


Star Spangled Spectacular - July 4 @ 9:00 p.m.

Experience the ultimate Fourth of July celebration with the largest fireworks display on the Gulf Coast! Watch in awe as dueling fireworks launch from the City (Russell-Fields) and County (M.B. Miller) Piers. Guests are welcome to bring their beach chairs and are encouraged to arrive early to secure the best viewing spots. Locations: Russell-Fields City Pier (16201 Front Beach Rd.), M.B. Miller County Pier (12213 Front Beach Rd.)


Light Up the Gulf - July 5 @ 8:30 p.m. 

On Friday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m., Panama City Beach’s largest, private fireworks show, “Light Up the Gulf,” will decorate the night sky. The magic will take place behind the Boardwalk Beach Resort Condominium, and includes free entertainment, contests, and kids activities. Location: Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center (9600 S. Thomas Dr.)


Light Up the Bay – July 6 @ 8:30 p.m.

The celebrations continue Saturday, July 6 at 8:30 p.m. with the “Light Up the Bay” fireworks show at Papa Joe’s Bayside. Guests can bring their owns chair and enjoy a variety of food trucks, live music and dazzling fireworks. Location: Papa Joe’s Bayside (4601 West US-98)


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